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  • Starburst Galaxy Could Illuminate Early Universe

    April 17, 2013 5:17 PM 159

    This massive starburst galaxy was pumping out stars way before thought possible. A newfound primordial galaxy nearly 13 billion light-years away is breaking distance records and may unlock the secrets of how and when some of the most massive star factories were born in the early universe, according to a new study. Using the infrared mapping capabilities

  • Coelacanth DNA May Tell How Fish Learned to Walk

    April 17, 2013 5:07 PM 138

    Often called a living fossil, the coelacanth (pronounced SEE-luh-canth) was long believed to have fallen extinct some 70 million years ago, until a specimen was recognized in a fish market in South Africa in 1908. The coelacanth has fleshy, lobed fins that look somewhat like limbs, as does the lungfish, an air-breathing freshwater fish. The coelacanth

  • NASA’s Next Rocket Engine Could Be A Blast From the Past

    April 17, 2013 3:45 PM 142

    Jeff Bezos isn't the only person interested in vintage NASA technology. Public and private entities alike are actively taking a second look at the Rocketdyne F-1 engines that helped notch Saturn V rockets as the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever operated—even today, forty years after the demise of the Apollo program. All 13 Saturn V multistage

  • Ultra-sharp ALMA telescope spots distant galaxies at record speed

    April 17, 2013 11:00 AM 251

    Researchers have presented new findings from the Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile which give new insight into the formation of early galaxies. Previously, scientists used the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope, which produced the best map to date but didn't provide enough resolution for researchers to be sure how many galaxies

  • Mars settlers wanted. Send audition tape. No, seriously.

    April 16, 2013 10:03 PM 146

    Aspiring astronauts and wannabe reality TV stars, take note: A nonprofit that aims to send the first human colonists to Mars by 2023 will start taking applications in July of this year. Mars One, the Netherlands-based organization that wants to turn the colonizing of Mars into a global reality television phenomenon, is encouraging anyone who is interested

  • NASA's Space Launch System on budget, ahead of schedule, confounding its critics

    April 16, 2013 8:01 PM 138

    Science & Space newsletter One of the arguments that opponents of the SLS have made in favor of its cancellation is that it is fiscally “unsustainable,” meaning that it will suffer cost overruns and schedule slippages that will eventually cause a future administration or Congress to kill the project. The critics argue that smaller and available commercial

  • A bike ride in the Large Hadron Collider as revamp begins

    April 16, 2013 4:09 PM 189

    A technician cycles in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in the French village of Cessy near Geneva in Switzerland on April 15. Technicians frequently ride bicycles to get around the collider's 17-mile-round tunnel. As hundreds of engineers and workers start two years of work to fit out the giant LHC particle

  • Large Hadron Collider Data Challenges Cosmic 'Inflation' Theory

    April 16, 2013 3:38 PM 146

    When the European Space Agency’s Planck mission team unveiled the most detailed map yet of fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background — the afterglow of the Big Bang — in March, the map was seen as in line, for the most part, with the standard theory of cosmology. But now, a controversial analysis combining the Planck findings with recent data about

  • The Sounds of Progress: NASA's Space Launch System Engineers Begin Acoustic Testing

    April 16, 2013 11:50 AM 165

    Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:39 am via: NASA Test conductors at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are making progress on the agency’s new rocket by listening closely to the roar of four thrusters. The agency is developing the new rocket, called the Space Launch System, or SLS, at Marshall. This vehicle will enable

  • What is it like to live in space? These videos will show you.

    April 16, 2013 2:55 AM 141

    This undated file image released this month shows the International Space Station in the sunlight. (AP / European Space Agency photo) If you have ever wondered what it’s like to live in space — particularly what it’s like to sleep or cry on the International Space Station (ISS) — then you probably want to know the name Chris Hadfield. Hadfield, a Canadian